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Mark 1:16-20: Jesus Calls Simon and Andrew, James and John

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 16, 2012


Mark 1:16-20 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. (17) Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” (18) And they left their nets at once and followed him. (19) A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. (20) He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.

 

In his first chapter Mark jumps from John the Baptist, to Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness to His first ministry and now to calling His first disciples in only 20 verses. As a new believer I wonder why Mark jumps from detail to detail so quickly. How many days in Jesus’ life does Mark cover in 20 verses?

 

As Jesus walked alone along the shores of Galilee, He stopped to look out over the waters. He thought of creation, the first day when the earth was covered in water and the Spirit covered all the earth. He stood on the shore, waves lapping at His feet, looking at His reflection in the water. It was a moment He needed alone. But He wasn’t alone. The Spirit was telling Him how water, this simple abundant substance would play a role in His ministry ahead.

 

Looking up Jesus watched a ship fishing offshore. Simon and his brother Andrew were drawing their net in for the day. Jesus knew the two brothers were fit for His ministry ahead. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.

 

Having two companions made Jesus feel better. He know His journey through life would not be easy. Jesus needed their company and support. A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.

 

As a new believer I wonder why Simon was the first disciple named by Mark. The first disciple Jesus called. Was there something about Simon’s personality, the way he asked questions, pledged his support for Jesus, or his leadership after Jesus’ resurrection?

 

Another bit of insight catches my interest and makes me think. Mark points out Simon and Andrew were just a little distance away from James and John. Does this detail provide a clue as to why they seemed to be in constant competition with one another throughout Jesus’ ministry? They may have been in competition their entire lives? Just something to think about. Old habits die hard. But, Jesus came to move mountains.

One Response to “Mark 1:16-20: Jesus Calls Simon and Andrew, James and John”

  1. Vee jay said

    Amen

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